Family and Creatures

Family and Creatures


Rudy Rotter (American, 1913 - 2001) was a self-taught outsider artist in the small industrial town of Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

In this work, the artist achieves a fascinating level of intensity between the two figures (mother and father). The use of figures in Rotter's art runs the gamut from detached presences, to faces intently looking out at you from inside the drawing. This particular face-to-face interaction is used less often by the artist and is a unique feature of this piece.

The artist created a large volume of artworks that sprang from the creative recesses of his imagination. No two pieces are exactly alike. All of the artist's body of work is easily identifiable as unique to his production.

* Family and Creatures -- magic markers on wallpaper sample - 16 x 12 in. - 1994

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re Condition: The art has been stored for decades in an unheated warehouse and is made from donated and scavenged common materials (a usual practice among self-taught artists). Therefore some pieces may show minor signs of age. In such instances, the affected part(s) will be displayed in separate close-up photos.

re UV: This artwork was made before the advent of fade-resistant magic markers. Therefore, if consistently displayed in strong daylight, the art should be framed using UV resistant plexiglass.

The art of Rudy Rotter was included in the Outsider Art Fair in NYC. A recent article featuring the artist appeared in the Folk Art Messenger, Fall/Winter 2018.

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